Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy teaches children so much more than self-defense. For more than 10 years, instructors armed with at least a bachelor's degree have combined classic fighting techniques with important character-building lessons centered on concepts such as kindness, confidence, personal safety, and the discipline to face opponents armed with cool trading cards. Adult classes instill the same skills, exploring basic martial arts techniques and granting a full-body workout without requiring any previous experience. Beyond their standard karate lessons, the experts also teach other martial arts—such as the self-defense techniques of krav maga, the slow, energetic movements of tai chi, and the somersaults and takedowns of capoeira—and teach general fitness classes, including Pilates.
When Wagonhouse Winery owners Dan and Heather Brown were first starting their business, they were also starting a family. As the couple worked vineyards on land owned by generations of Browns, they raised three adorable boys—Dallas, Dawson, and Dower—honoring them with a specialty sweet-wine label. Visitors share in the family's joy with tastings, sipping cabs and chardonnays while snacking on cheese from Cherry Grove Farm. The rustic tasting room surrounds guests with dark varnished wood, rocking chairs, barrels, and a shuffleboard table, evoking the image of an old-timey colonial tavern or grandpa's secret man cave.
On one autumn morning every year at Creamy Acres Farm, the corn stalks shake from more than an early breeze. They are beset by monsters: vampires, werewolves, zombies, all racing through a winding trail as though in pursuit of the same quarry. They aren't hunting, though. They're vying for first place. Runners sweat underneath their faux fangs and matted fur as they compete in the Costume 5k. They zoom through the farm's corn maze and Night of Terror attractions on their way to the finish line, their shoes the only telltale sign of their human roots. Once they reach the race's end, they kick off a celebration, sharing refreshments and listening to music as the staff doles out awards. The race's chief concern is holiday spirit; therefore, its prizes honor top finishers as well as those who wore the best costume, devised the best group costume, and sang "Monster Mash" the least amount of times.
The new management team has made some sweeping, eye-catching changes at Big Swing Golf Center. The driving range, which includes 10 heated hitting bays and more than 150 stalls, boasts brand-new mats and balls. Here, PGA Professional Sean Driscoll uses the latest technology to maximize performance during onsite private and group lessons.
The renovated 36-hole mini-golf course has been carefully landscaped with lush foliage and natural-looking rock formations. Unlike other mini-golf courses that are overrun with cheesy decorations, such as pirate ships wrapped in streamers, Big Swing’s mini-golf course surrounds players with murmuring brooks and cascading waterfalls. It uses sloping greens and tricky obstacles to both entertain and challenge golfers. Big Swing is perfect for parties as it also offers three-speed batting cages and Richman's ice cream at Mulligan's Snack Stand.
In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.
Amid a 22-acre estate, Heritage Vineyards's grape grapplers craft award-winning wines and pair them with sumptuous finger foods. Visiting pairs can choose a lunch dish and a glass apiece from the grandiose wine list. Sip the 2007 cabernet sauvignon, which comes tinged with a deep crimson hue and flavors of cherry and currant, or the Jersey blush, a semisweet concoction that can be smeared on the cheeks to express embarrassment. Meanwhile, the newly released 2009 chambourcin has been aged for 14 months in French-oak barrels and brandishes a complex bouquet of tastes. Or find matches for your wines without filling out 30-page questionnaires by scanning the lunch menu, which pairs the wines with compatible cheese-laden fare such as the warm pepperoni-and-cheese bread or the baked brie, formed with a fig spread and served with sesame crackers.